2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Audio Arts, MA

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Todd Herreman, Co-Director

Bill Werde, Co-Director


Various faculty from the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Setnor School of Music and Newhouse School’s Television, Radio and Film Department.

M.A. in Audio Arts

Audio Arts is a joint graduate studies program harnessing the experience and strength of the Schools of Music and Communications. Four specialization tracks are offered in distinctive areas of audio practice: Music Industry, Audio Recording, Radio Horizons and Music Video.

The holder of an MA in the Audio Arts with specialization in Music Industry will be prepared to enter one of dozens of career paths. Graduates will embrace the trust-based relationship they must develop with artists and be able to think critically and constructively about audio and music and making a market in an art form. The student’s self-directed curricular specialization choices and internship focus will dictate the job options.


The Audio Arts Master’s Program was created to comply with and/or exceed the standards of two accrediting bodies: The National Association of Schools of Music and the Accrediting Council for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.


The Audio Arts admissions process seeks to measure applicants along several criteria in search of a holistic measure of student potential. Though experience in music and audio is valued in the process, the most important aspects in a prospective student’s profile are a demonstrated work ethic, broad and varied education and life experience and deep passion to succeed and contribute to the audio arts.

Student Learning Outcomes

Audio Arts Graduate Survey:

a.  Describe the career roles at a record label.

b.  Analyze and compare the different types of contracts used in the industry.

Audio Arts Colloquium:

a. Develop an understanding of how guest speakers have navigated their career paths.

b. Discuss the current state of the music industry.

Audio Arts Industry Practicum:

a. Demonstrate industry specific skills in the professional business environment of an internship.

b. Demonstrate the necessary knowledge and skills to secure an internship in the music industry.

Audio Arts Practices:

a. Demonstrate competency in an industry standard DAW system.

b. Compete one studio practicum recording project.

Program Requirements

Capstone in Audio Arts, choose one:

Electives: 12 credits

Electives include twelve credits of specialization to focus on an individual’s interests and strengths. The curriculum will allow for enough elective flexibility to create a “focus area”:

Fields of specialization

  • Music Industry
  • Sound Production & Arts
  • Radio Horizons
  • Music Video

Note on Newhouse School-wide Requirements for Graduate Programs

The required law and research components are fulfilled with the following coursework:

Together, these courses introduce students to the practice and application of research to audio arts issues and ideas. The dynamic context of entrepreneurial foundations is a particularly fitting place for students in the program to develop their research skills in anticipation of the uncertain and often volatile audio arts fields they will one day lead.

In addition, the Research for Entertainment Media class (TRF 696 ) will be an elective part of each area of audio arts specialization.

Transfer Credit

Up to 6 credits of approved non-matriculated graduate coursework

Satisfactory Progress:

3.0 Minimum GPA required for Graduation

Total Credits Required: 36

Degree Awarded: M.A. in Audio Arts

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